Mission and Purpose

What is CLAFH's mission?

The mission of the Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health (CLAFH) at the New York University Silver School of Social Work is to address the needs of Latino adolescents and their families, specifically the prevention of problem behaviors among Latino youth and promotion of health and economic well-being of Latino families.

What are CLAFH's areas of expertise?

  • Fostering the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based family interventions designed to prevent and/or reduce problem behaviors among Latino adolescents;
  • Developing, evaluating, and disseminating family interventions for positive youth development approaches to Latino adolescent development and well-being;
  • Examining issues of immigration related to the experiences of Latino families; and
  • Promoting the economic well-being of the Latino community.

How does CLAFH fulfill its mission?

CLAFH conducts research projects and community-based activities within Latino communities focused on topics such as teen pregnancy, drug and alcohol use among youth, adolescent sexual risk behavior, and HIV family-based prevention in the Dominican Republic. Alongside scientific advisors and agency collaborations, CLAFH uses its findings to develop, test, and disseminate models, curricula, and materials to inform organizations and professionals working with Latino populations. CLAFH also provides expertise and innovative strategies for Latino parents and families dealing with various social problems.


By disseminating information, educating Latino populations, and creating effective programs CLAFH plays a vital role in assisting Latino families and teenagers to understand and deal with issues of positive youth development, the prevention of problem behaviors, immigration, and economic well-being. CLAFH contributes expertise on all aspects of the design and implementation of research and programs aimed at Latino families.